With 16 practices under his belt so far during fall camp, senior captain Keaton Studsrud knows the season opener at Utah is closing in quickly.
The Fighting Hawks took a break from full pads, practicing in just helmets, shoulder pads and shorts on Friday as they continue preparations for Utah and season opener in Salt Lake City. UND had been in full pads for 10 consecutive practices before getting a break for the 15th session of fall camp.
The Fighting Hawks are past the halfway point of fall camp now and just two weeks away from their season opener at Utah (Aug. 31; 6:30 p.m. CT). The coaches also are a week away from turning practices into full preparation mode for the No. 25 Utes.
Steady rainfall in the upper midwest forced the Fighting Hawks inside the High Performance Center for just the second time this fall, but once again the enclosed state-of-the-art facility proved more than adequate in allowing the coaches and players to accomplish what they set out to do on what was the 13th practice of camp.
Head coach Bubba Schweigert sent a message following Monday's practice that he wanted to see his team come back Tuesday with a higher sense of urgency and that's exactly what the fourth-year head coach saw from his Fighting Hawks.
The Fighting Hawks returned to the practice field on Monday morning after getting Sunday off, which was the team's first break from the pads since the opening practice on Aug. 3.
The North Dakota football coaching staff and hundreds of interested spectators got their first "live" look at the 2017 edition of the Fighting Hawks Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium.
"Day by day" is a mantra that head coach Bubba Schweigert brought with him to Grand Forks back in December of 2014 when he was hired to take charge of the Fighting Hawks' football program.
Part two of the football media day frenzy sees three coaches run the gamut with Mitch and special co/host Greg Enkers from MidcoSN.
The Fighting Hawks were back outside for practice No. 8 of fall camp as the weather was near perfect again for the 22-period workout at Memorial Stadium.
Mother Nature forced the North Dakota football team inside for the first time during fall camp on Wednesday, but the shift to the High Performance Center did not hamper the progression the Fighting Hawks have made over the last week.
Junior Tank Harris was working on a drill to defend screen passes, dropped back and made a leaping, one-handed interception (pictured at the top) that drew applause from his circuit group during Tuesday morning's practice at Memorial Stadium .